Guide to what does a capo do

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  1. cheesy_chester

    cheesy_chester New Member

    After a long research n some experience i though to write on FAQ what does a capo do?
    Here it goes
    Every time you put a capo on a fret, it raises the guitar a half
    step. So, if you put a capo on the first fret, the guitar is now up a half step.
    here half step means A-A# C-C# n B-C(bcoz deir no B#)
    Eg- if u put a capo on 1st fret d open string EADGBE changes to FA#D#G#CF
    Likewise, if you put a capo on the second fret it will raise the guitar a whole step.
    A-B C-D B-C#
    Now talking abt chords if u r familier with bar chords(like putting a whole index fingures on all six strings) d capo its substitute for ur index fingure.
    best example is F(bar)major here imagine finguring ur E maj now shift ur fingures 1 fret ahead(from 1st fret to 2nd) n put ur index fingure on 1st fret u got F(bar)major now instead of index fingure use a capo on 1st fret n fingure like E maj you will b actually playing F maj
    Here i put a chart when u put a capo on dese fret n play following chords
    Chords 1st Fret 2nd Fret 3rd Fret 4th fret
    A Bb B C C#/Db
    Am Bbm Bm Cm C#m
    B C C#/Db D Eb
    Bm Cm C#m Dm Ebm
    C Db D Eb E
    D Eb E F F#
    Dm Ebm Em Fm F#m
    E F F# G Ab
    Em Fm F#m Gm Abm
    F F# G Ab A
    G Ab A Bb B


    Note: Db means C# Eb means D#........
     
  2. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

    Capos are for losers. You can transpose, jazz guitarists usually learn songs in different keys, all 12 keys are often aimed for. I don't even see the point of a capo. If you're well versed with chords you'll do it with a bar. You use a capo I'll come and murder you personally and do the music world a favor.

    Jk, nice guide :p:
     
  3. guitardoctor

    guitardoctor Will Rx for food

    Lol I'm gonna get murdered :) I use a capo...

    OK maybe I can learn something. Why do you think capos are useless? Like how would you play this without a capo?

    http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/tabs/j/jeff_buckley/hallelujah_guitar_pro.htm

    We could play it at the zeroth fret itself, but it won't sound the same as it should, no? And retuning the guitar seems like too much work when you can just put on a capo instead...
     
  4. cheesy_chester

    cheesy_chester New Member

    Every invention has good side n even bad bt capos r not useless
    one can use in band to distinguish sound between different guitars
    also to arrange difficult cord progresstion in simpler form but one cannot totally rely on capo dat will habitate u not learn d new chords
     
  5. cheesy_chester

    cheesy_chester New Member

    n yes i realised dat ven copy-paste d chart even after arranging it didnt appeared arranged so plz use ur little mind and understand it properly its all about sharing knowledge
     
  6. rickkkyrich

    rickkkyrich Guest

    @Doctor: according to ultra even picks are for kids.. ?
     
  7. cheesy_chester

    cheesy_chester New Member

    hahaha lol..... do u guys knw each other
     
  8. rickkkyrich

    rickkkyrich Guest

    ya very much.. we're blood brothers..
     
  9. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

    FOLKS.
    SERIOUSLY.
    I WAS KIDDING =|
    True, true. Thing is, Guitar Pro is dumb in a lot of things. Like, after applying capo in it, it still shows the same notes. Basically, it works on the basis how every illiterate guitarist works - SHAPES, PATTERNS, (ie strings and frets), not notes. So I can't tell at the first glance what notes that one wants me to play. Edit - Owait, idea. *F6 -> set capo to 0 -> Tools -> Transpose -> +5 semitones -> done* ^^

    Wait, Doctor, wtf man. There's nothing to it!! A baby can play that...if you can sight read like I hope you can, check these sheets out...
    Elegie by JK Mertz -> Video, sheet
    Cavatina by Stanley Myers - Video, sheet.
    Your GP file is in the same vein (melody + arpeggio accompaniment), but ten times easier than these pieces. Yeah, it won't sound the same - all the difference between open string and closed, and that's the only difference. xD

    @Cheesy - A short while ago, this used to be my signature, till it became too obvious.
    @Rickkky - I stand by that ;) Anything picks can do, fingerstyle can do better.
     
  10. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

    Now to defeat my own argument.

    Capo is useful in SOME places. Where the music is so complex you gotta gotta use open strings a certain way...
    Martin Taylor - Down At Cocomo's.

    (It's a lovely song btw. Nice, thematic, the bass is very faithfully composed, the sound technique is awesome, the composition is nicely done too.)

    (and again, I have never attempted transcribing or playing this. One half of me can't believe you can't do it without a capo, even if it becomes a tad harder in difficulty...I'll be looking into this...)
     
  11. cheesy_chester

    cheesy_chester New Member

    Intresting fact dat a guitarist met with an accident in which he lost he's index fingure n den he got an idea to use hair clip to play Fmaj dis was an inspiration which came up invention of capo
     
  12. guitardoctor

    guitardoctor Will Rx for food

    Nah, I can't sight read (if by sight read you mean - convert sheet music to tab on the fly)... That's such a gross overestimation of my skills :p: First of all, I've never even tried to play any classical music, and for sheet music I barely know the basics.

    What I meant by posting that tab is, that though it is easy (that was one of the first songs I learnt on guitar), a capo is really useful for playing it the way it was intended to sound... Makes it so much easier without needing to retune the strings!
     
  13. guitardoctor

    guitardoctor Will Rx for food

    I think that's just an urban legend... The "idea" for a capo is WAY too obvious to need an inventor... At a certain level of play any guy would come up with the concept of stopping the strings with an object instead of his fingers.
     
  14. thehundredthone

    thehundredthone New Member

    No amount of barring can make up for the resonance of open strings. And sometimes you just can't do without that.

    And while fingerpicking opens up your guitaring to a whole new world of possibilities, the plectrum has it's place. I'm not going to get the same attack with my fingers. Ask some old blues and country guitarists why they play with a coin when they can use their fingers.
     
  15. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

    True...I wonder why that happens. >.<

    ^Ah...Yeah. True, I forgot that used to be there...Note attack pecking order - Touchstyle -> Fingerstyle -> Plectra. (Though I don't know where thumb and finger picks fall under that...and I'm sure using slightly longer nails, like flamenco players, would give good attack too, but since nothing can be exactly replaced...) Note attack, getting speedier earlier, and muting would be the benefits of plectrum style, I guess...

    Anyway, gone way off topic. Ciao, fellow string bangers.
     
  16. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

  17. guitardoctor

    guitardoctor Will Rx for food

  18. ultrabot90

    ultrabot90 Like fishes need bicycles

  19. thehundredthone

    thehundredthone New Member

    Oh sure, because no one needs the frets on the normal strings above the capo while using the the spider capo.
     

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